Neuf-Brisach, a Vauban fortified town

Neuf-Brisach is a small town in Alsace, located in the East of Colmar, very close to the Rhine and the German border. Neuf-Brisach is known for its fortifications, built in the 17th century by the famous Vauban and the reason why the town is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. I must say that my impression of the town is somewhat mixed. A short history of Neuf-Brisach 1697 marked the end of the War of the League of Augsburg, with a treaty. To this end, France lost the stronghold of Brisach on the German shore of the Rhine. For that reason, Lous XIV...

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Visiting Hunspach, a village in Northern Alsace

Hunspach is a charming village located in Northern Alsace. I went there one day to discover Hunspach during the Christmas holidays, but I had never been at another season. I’ve made up for that now and I really recommend you to visit it as well. Hunspach was mentioned for the first time in a document from 1298. The Reformation turned it into a Protestant village. In 1619, it passed under Swedish administration and it was obliterated and set on fire by Imperial troops in 1633. It would then be repopulated by Swiss immigrants. In 1787, Sweden bequeathed all its rights to the...

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A visit to the Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg Hospital

Dear wine lovers, here is a place that you shouldn’t miss in Strasbourg! The Historic Wine Cellar of the Civil Hospital of Strasbourg is located in the present University Hospital of Strasbourg, and holds the oldest wine in the world kept in a barrel… It dates back from 1472! It’s of course impossible to taste it, as it has only been served 3 times in 5 centuries for important occasions, the last time being for the liberation of Strasbourg in 1944. A short history of the Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg Hospital The Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg Hospital was established in 1395 and was...

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A visit to Carreau Rodolphe, a former potash mine in Alsace

Visiting a former mine… a boring activity? Let me prove you wrong, as this tour is probably one of the most striking activity that I’ve ever done. Carreau Rodolphe is one of the mines of the potash district in the North of Mulhouse, exploited by the company Mines de Potasse d’Alsace from 1910 to 2002 (and from 1911 to 1976 for Carreau Rodolphe). You have probably already heard about them or seen their poster (it’s a stork on a blue background, drawn by Hansi: see below in the pictures.). With 24 shafts, these mines occupied an area of 222 km2 and were...

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